Directory Celebrants in Christchurch
You can have the romantic wedding of your dreams.
Traditional, Celtic, Spiritual, Polynesian or Oriental. You can have prayers, poems and readings - indoors or out in the Sunshine. You can also have Handfasting and Jump the Broomstick if that is what you would like. I’m an Irish New Zealander and I love the flexibility NZ law allows.
My Job: During the ceremony it’s my job to ensure that together you are at your very best - smiling, relaxed and in-the-moment. It’s also my job to see that your guests are relaxed, happy and enthralled by a ceremony they are part of. When we meet we can talk about this and why it shows in my reviews and why it will show in the photographs of your wedding.
Wedding Emcee: Let your friends relax and enjoy your wedding reception while I act as your Emcee for that special occasion. Visiting NZ: I can make most of the arrangements and many of my weddings are arranged via Skype.
Registry style: Budget? Have a fun but ‘Registry Office style’ wedding at my home on the hills overlooking Christchurch.
Destination Wedding: There are some very special places in New Zealand and I’m happy to travel to the one you choose.
Kate and Jason said: Sean was amazing, we would recommend him to anyone, easy to deal with & he helped everyone relax, especially Jason and the groomsmen.
Leonie & Dena said: Sean brought solemnity, humour and joy to our nuptials. He included our UK friends who Skyped into the ceremony at 3:30 am!
Dena Cowen said: We recently celebrated our third wedding anniversary and the greatest memories from the day (and not just from us) were the food, the music and Sean!
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When my wife Aimee and I started planning our wedding we were at a loss as to whom to choose for our celebrant. Sean’s name came up in a google search and with a exception all his reviews were a great. We made contact and found him to be exceptionally well organized, professional with some humor thrown in too to lighten to mood…but it was of course his great accent that my Wife was sold on! As time was fast approaching Sean was always there to e-mail us and make contact gaining all the relevant information in a timely manner. Hopefully we weren’t too demanding but Sean was always patient, funny and always available if we needed to make contact. It was our choice not to have a rehearsal but Sean had the day so well organized that the Ceremony flowed perfectly and we had so many fantastic comments from our guests. I feel our wedding was an absolutely incredible day and Sean was a huge part of that. I also have two separate work colleagues getting married next year and have passed on Sean’s details to them too, but of course, I would highly recommend if you’re considering getting married, talk to Sean first.
Aimee & David
Wedding Date: November 7, 2018
We found Sean last minute after my sister in law, who was planned to marry us, had a dely in getting her papers through. Hence we needed an official celebrant for legalities.
Sean was brilliant, nothing was a problem, even when we brought up the option of my sister in law still performing the ceremony but under his supervision (he performed the legal parts).
He was ALWAYS professional, welcoming, easy to contact and speak to and has the perfect amount and type of humor to make any couple’s day that much more fun!
My husband I would recommend him as your celebrant in a heart beat!!
Thank you Sean, you made our day ❤️
Wedding Date: October 6, 2018
Sean is amazing. I know that people always see their own wedding through rose coloured glasses, but our experience was absolutely amazing.
Me and my (now) husband Sam decided to go with Sean after researching online and Sam finding a name that he knew from working in a cafe years ago. You see, Sean and his wife were his regular customers and when we contacted Sean he answered with equal excitement and vigour. As we currently live in the UK, our main concern was how to plan and coordinate the wedding from afar, so our concerns of finding a celebrant who was willing to jump on board (and also on short notice) were emphasized. Sean made us feel calm and guided us through the process - through decisions about the ceremony we didn’t even know were our to make. He even offered his own house for the venue of the celebration when we were struggling to secure a place! We ended up finding a venue and Sean was quick to go inspect and helped with everything he could before we arrived in NZ. When we finally did get there (only a week to go before the wedding), Sean was equally excited regardless of probably numerous weddings he must had done even in that month alone. His banter and humour and amazing spirit shined throughout the couple meetings we had and even in the ceremony itself. Our guests kept coming to us after the ceremony, praising what an amazing celebrant we had. He was there to greet everyone at the start, broke the tension with a couple jokes and made everyone feel comfortable.
We wanted to spend more time with him after the shindig was over, but as a man of excellence he did a good deed, made everyone’s lives just a little bit jollier (and ours tremendously better by leading the most important day of our lives!)) and left a smile on everyone’s faces. You would struggle hard to find a better celebrant, heck a better person even!
Sean, thank you.
Wedding Date: June 30, 2018
Thank you for making our ceremony as quirky and as special as we intended, you really complimented our special day all by being your genuine self,
All of our guest loved your character and sense of humor,
thank you for allowing us the opportunity to include a beautiful Celtic tradition of Handfasting it was a personal touch and meant a lot to my Husband.
You had many great suggestions and encouraged us to include anything and everything we could imagine,
The tips and tricks you have acquired over the years truly reflects in the end result….we had a flawless ceremony filled with a roller coaster of emotions.
The way you conducted the most important day of our lives included lots of love tears, and laughter,
You were reliable, honest, knowledgeable, professional, and above all
we had full confidence in you and you delivered more than we expected.
Thank you for giving us your best,
With lots of love,
Mr & Mrs Carter.
Wedding Date: October 13, 2018
Sean is awesome! We had the best day and he played a vital role in it.
We found Sean to be great with everything and had all the finer details planned out so well.
Very kind and listened to what my husband and I wanted. The ceremony was perfect and we thank Sean from the bottom of our hearts!
Wedding Date: August 11, 2018
Highly recommend Sean Joyce . He made the day amazing and everything went well . He adapts to the way I wanted things. Had humour in him which made me less nervous . Everything went without a glitch and he knew exactly what he/We should be doing on the day. Everyone said nothing but good things about Sean. He made the day that wee bit better and calmer . So thank you Sean
Wedding Date: September 1, 2018
The most amazing part of Sean’s service was his passion, attention to detail and the way he captured who we are in our ceremony. He always keen to know what we really want to do on our wedding and he is flexible enough to follow the way we want it, he also offer some suggestion to make our wedding as perfect as it is and ensures everything is right specially how to look good on the photo as he always instruct us to keep smiling and directing us to face the crowd. He is very professional and always keen to meet up. We felt at ease and comfortable all throughout the process. Having him as our celebrant is a good decision we made.
Sean, Thank you so much for everything.
Gen and Junaid
Wedding Date: April 20, 2018
Sean was fantastic to deal with especially as we were based in Melbourne and had to do most of the planning via Skype. He made the whole process so stress free- from how to apply for the licence from overseas, suggested vendors and even the vows. Nothing seemed too much trouble for him.
We only met face to face a couple of days before the wedding and we both felt like we had known him for ages.
On the day of the wedding he was so professional but also relaxed which was perfect for us.
The wedding was only small and he interacted with everyone and helped make our day such a special occassion and one we will look back on with joy for years to come,
Wedding Date: May 2, 2018
After hearing much positive feedback ‘re Sean we decide to meet with him to see if he was the man for our day.
Sean automatically clicked with us was extremely professional, organised and attentive.
Sean’s personality and sense of humor made out special day all the more special.
We can’t thank Sean more than enough for his massive contributions to the day and feel so lucky to have him there as our celebrant.
Would recommend Sean to anyone.
Wedding Date: March 24, 2018
Sean was the perfect choice of celebrant for us. He totally understood what we wanted right from the start and the planning was so easy. Our ceremony was a beautiful balance of sincerity and humor and we were able to relax and enjoy it knowing Sean had everything sorted. Our guests told us how much they felt part of the whole event and how much they laughed and cried just as Sean had told us they would. Thanks Sean for making our day so memorable. We cannot thank you enough.
Wedding Date: March 16, 2018
When we met Sean for the first time we instantly knew he was the right celebrant for us!
Sean was amazing from start to finish, We came over from the UK so although we only had a few opportunities to meet face to face and the rest was done via Skype. No matter what form our chats took he always made us both us feel at ease and was so helpful in making sure that the ceremony was how we wanted it.
We were both a bit nervous about writing and saying our vows but thanks to Sean tips and experience he calmed those nerves and helped make the whole process fun and enjoyable!
On our Wedding day he was very professional and funny which helped make our guests feel really comfortable and part of the wedding.
We would highly recommend Sean to anyone planning on getting married
Wedding Date: February 16, 2018
We had the most fantastic ceremony thanks to Sean! We wanted a relaxed day and he certainly delivered. Not only was he professional on the day but he warmed the crowd incredibly well, took everything in his stride and his organisations skills and willingness to assist us before, during and after the day were all very much appreciated. We highly recommend this gentleman!
Wedding Date: February 10, 2018
Sean was a amazing choice for our special day. He had a calming nature very helpful and respectful of our day.
We loved how he encouraged our unique informal ceremony .
Would recommend highly .
Wedding Date: December 23, 2017
We were so thrilled to have Sean as our celebrant! He is so organised and ensures everything runs smoothly. He was so helpful leading up to the day and nothing was a problem. Our ceremony was so relaxed which was exactly what we wanted and everyone commented on how funny Sean was!
Wedding Date: January 4, 2018
We met Sean for the first time and instantly knew he was the right celebrant for us.
He was warm and friendly, funny but knowledgeable and he put us both at ease over the whole wedding ceremony ‘stress’.
We had 3 kids (2 under 5), as a big part of our ceremony and Sean made them feel special, relaxed and confident enough to enjoy their roles and make our day extra perfect.
Our ceremony was lighthearted and romantic and we had so many comments on our awesome celebrant.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sean to anyone.
Thanks for helping make our day beautiful Sean xxx
Wedding Date: February 17, 2018
We were thrilled to have Sean as our celebrant. He is extremely organised and always willing to go an extra mile to help us. He always made us feel relaxed and comfterble. Thank you Sean for being our celebrant, you were fantastic!!
Highly recommend Sean to others that are looking for a celebrant.
Kate and Johan Isaks
Wedding Date: January 5, 2018
Sean was amazing from start to finish, We came out from Australia so most of our contact was done through Skype.
He was very professional and made our guests feel really comfortable and part of the wedding.
He also put us at ease, so we weren’t as nervous during the ceremony. Sean is so helpful when it came to our vows and what kind of ceremony we were after.
Wedding Date: January 21, 2018
The bride and I had only a foggy idea what we were doing and were probably a bit too casual about our wedding planning. Sean provided a safe pair of hands to guide us through our preparations and on the day itself. His experience in the job was very helpful. We also received positive feedback from guests about his role in the ceremony itself. You won’t go wrong if you choose Sean as your celebrant.
Wedding Date: December 28, 2017
For myself and my partner Sean was everything we could have wanted in a celebrant -
He was a wonderful element to what was a small, informal wedding on the beach. By greeting the guests at the start and making everyone feel at ease with his fantastic sense of humor, he set a precedent for what was to be (for us) an incredibly special ceremony. Neither myself or my partner are ones for being the center of attention, and Sean was able to judge in the moment and involve others to make us feel more relaxed. We genuinely couldn’t have asked for anyone better.
Wedding Date: December 23, 2017
The first time we met Sean, I knew he would be perfect for our big day!
Being fairly relaxed people (though I can certainly be very picky about certain things) Sean was brilliant to work with. He made it clear that he was available to us if we had any questions or if we needed to meet again and discuss anything.
He made the day fun and memorable and I would not hesitate to recommend him if you are looking for someone with an amazing sense of humour and an ability to get people to relax and enjoy!
Thank you so much Sean! Mr and Mrs Neho xx
Wedding Date: December 1, 2017
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